John Piper is launching a new series at Bethlehem Baptist Church on a vison for the next generation and how the church is called to make this vision a reality. I'm personally excited to listen to these messages and spread the vision of investing into young people. Here's what Piper said about why he's doing this series:
One of our premises is that living for the glory of Christ is not on hold until you are eighteen or twenty-one. There is a way for six-year-olds to make much of Christ and a way for ten-year-olds to make much of Christ and a way for sixteen-year-olds to make much of Christ. And there is a way for parents and church leaders and all of us to create a matrix of relationships and teachings and expectations and blessings that awaken young people from the emptiness and aimlessness of our popular youth culture and give them a vision for Christ-exalting significance throughout their pre-teen and teen years.
Piper mentions the Harris brothers and their desire to ignite a passion for teenagers to do hard things for the glory of God. Their book, Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion against Low Expectations has received excellent reviews from respected pastors around the country. They also started The Rebelution when they were sixteen, and now at nineteen they are doing conferences on this theme. Gregg Harris, their father, will give the final message in this series at Bethlehem.